CHAMPCAR/CART: PacWest Cleveland qualifying

(Cleveland, Oh) -- PacWest Racing's Mauricio Gugelmin is on target to produce his best grid position of the season, after putting himself in the "fast" group for tomorrow's final qualifying session for the Marconi Grand Prix of ...

(Cleveland, Oh) -- PacWest Racing's Mauricio Gugelmin is on target to produce his best grid position of the season, after putting himself in the "fast" group for tomorrow's final qualifying session for the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland.

Gugelmin was 11th fastest in his #17 Nextel PacWest Mercedes-Benz and will attack tomorrow's final 30-minute qualifying session alongside the other drivers who finished in the top half of the field today.

Gugelmin's previous best qualifying runs this season came in round five of the FedEx Championship Series in Japan (7th) and in the following round in Milwaukee (8th).

The Brazilian was the fastest of the Mercedes-Benz runners on the 2.1-mile course.

Mark Blundell was 17th quickest today with a 59.143-second lap in his #18 Motorola PacWest Mercedes-Benz.

MAURICIO GUGELMIN - # 17 NEXTEL PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 11th
Qualifying: 58.273s

"I had a lot of problems in the morning session," said Gugelmin.

"When that was over, the boys did some major changes on my race car and I elected to use my "T" car for this afternoon.

"My car is very well balanced and I'm pretty happy with my position right now.

"We will make some improvements for tomorrow. This is a car I am enjoying driving.

"It doesn't have quite the push I have become used to."

MARK BLUNDELL - # 18 MOTOROLA PACWEST MERCEDES-BENZ -- 17th
Qualifying: 59.143s

"We had a relatively good run, but we made a damper change between sessions and simply went the wrong way," said Blundell.

"One reflection we should have picked that up straight way, but that's the way it goes.

"I think there is still plenty left in this car and I look forward to tomorrow with plenty of enthusiasm.

"We have made some changes up the front (with the team's engineering staff) this weekend and we are on a learning curve mid-way through the season.

"While saying that I think the transition in this area will be a pretty quick one.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Mauricio Gugelmin , Mark Blundell